A five-judge Constitution Bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice of India D.Y. Chandrachud ruled in a 3:2 verdict against giving constitutional validity to same-sex marriages. The top court said it is for Parliament to formulate legislation on it.
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Activists and those from the LGBTIQA+ community were hoping for a decision in their favour while there were some other activists who were rooting for the Supreme Court’s current verdict as according to them legalising same-sex marriage would have distorted the social fabric of the country.
One of the petitioners in the case and LGBTQIA+ rights activist Harish Iyer said that although the verdict was not in their favour many observations by the Supreme Court were made in the favour of the community. CJI Chandrachud said there were degrees of agreement and disagreement among the justices “on how far we have to go” on same-sex marriages.